The Chicago Blackhawks hit the ice for practice Monday morning finally knowing who their second-round opponent will be -- and it's a familiar foe. The Hawks will kick off the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night at the United Center against the Detroit Red Wings, who defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Sunday night to advance. The Original Six rivals met four times during the regular season and the Hawks skated to victories over the Wings in each, with three of them going past regulation. "It's going to be a tough series," Hawks winger Marian Hossa said. "Maybe we had their number during the season but they were all tight games except one. They're playing extremely well from what I saw in the game in the playoffs against Anaheim. We're going to need to elevate our game." The last time the Hawks and Wings met in the postseason, Detroit eliminated the Hawks in five games during the 2009 conference finals. The Wings went on to lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final. "It's always been a good rivalry," Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "We haven't seen them in the playoffs for three years. It's something that a lot of people seem to talk about during the season, if it's a potential matchup, what would happen. Here we are. We have a great opportunity and we're happy to be on to the second round."
Hawks welcome shot at rival Red Wings
Chicago Tribune | May 13